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Grateful Dead Live at Community War Memorial Auditorium on 1978-11-21

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Grateful Dead Live at Community War Memorial Auditorium on 1978-11-21

Topics Live concert

Promised Land, They Love Each Other, Cassidy, Dire Wolf, Me & My Uncle-> Big River, Row Jimmy, Minglewood Blues, Loser, Jack Straw, Deal Bertha-> Good Lovin', Stagger Lee, Estimated Prophet-> Eyes Of The World-> Drums-> Not Fade Away-> Black Peter-> Truckin', E: Johnny B. Goode

Collection GratefulDead
Band/Artist Grateful Dead
Venue Community War Memorial Auditorium
Location Rochester, NY

Source Audience Recording
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AUD>MC>DAT>CDR; Seeded to Etree by T. Wiley


Reviewer: jjg4762 - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - September 13, 2014
Subject: silly trivia
Seeing as there is a comment about how many times they sing "don'tcha let that deal go down" I decided to count this version and then the Nashville version and here they sing it 39 times and Nashville 47 might be off a deal or 2 but wow. Also the Nashville version is ripping with jerry growling away. Not as much growl as say the Red rocks werewolves' but still love his deep growl
Reviewer: chris phillips - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - October 22, 2013
Subject: Best Late Truckin'
This is a good show for 1978. The best songs are in soundboard quality, including Jack Straw and Eyes.
Reviewer: wiscguy - favoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - June 19, 2012
Subject: Great memory
I was born and raised in Rochester. Went to college in Binghamton, but came home for this one. I love my home town and the Dead do not disappoint in Rochester, NY! Great time on the floor with an electric head.
Reviewer: bradio - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - May 25, 2010
Subject: Great show
It was a stellar night. Handed in a term paper at school in Albany, and hitched a ride to Rochester. Caught a ride with kids going to the show. Wandered around Rochester.... no where to go, just to hang around and ran into my buds from college on the floor of the arena. We had a great time enjoying a great show in that tiny venue. My buddies split to head to their thanksgivings in Buffalo. I caught some much needed sleep at the Greyhound station and hopped the first bus home to Syracuse at daybreak
Reviewer: Albany_Head - favoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - April 22, 2010
Subject: Estimated solo
My favorite Jerry moments are the estimated prophet solos from 1977-78, but as we all know they are usually WAY too short. This one is a bit extended though. The transition into Eyes is nice too. Bobby rushes it a bit, but ... oh well.

Nice tempo on most of the songs.

Probably was a pleasant, upstate NY, late fall evening with the Good 'ol Grateful Dead.

Recording is OK. The SDBDs are a bit rough too, lots of patches. But overall enjoybale
Reviewer: dweeter - favoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - March 27, 2010
Subject: right on
I always used to love to turn people on to this tape because it was one of those shows that you may never heard, but once you did you had to appreciate some really smokin moments and the general high energy throughout. The little skip out of the jam on Jack Straw before the last verse is one of those places where they turned water into wine. It is moments like that that make me love the Dead. The other 180 minutes? Worth your time, too. Check for the soundboards here, too, though hearing the rowdy audience is kind of fun, too. Makes a native Rochesterian proud, even if my 8-year-old self was sound asleep just a mile away while they brought down the house....
Reviewer: mellowmymind5453 - favoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - January 27, 2010
Subject: Tha ole' Rochester vibe
Drove with bunch of fellow 'pranksters' from Buffalo to Rochester to the boys this night. Rochester Aud was an unassuming venue but dead shows here were usually pretty hot shows and the boys had a lot of energy on this night.(and so did the audience) The Cassidy in first set is awesome and really gives a taste of some of the outstanding playing. And Jerry simply shreds Truckin' after the 6:00 minute mark. Terrific show and a definite keeper for your collection.
Reviewer: PFflyerkid - favoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - July 18, 2007
Subject: Wow...some truely inspired moments here.
This show is under the radar!

I think CASSIDY is the first hint here that they had it goin' on this night.

The JACK STRAW doesn't dissapoint either. Weir blows half a line but quickly recovers. The jam is solid- Jerry starts skimmin' stones around the 4:00 mark and they mash it up all the way. The final verse doesn't come right off the jam but that only gives Mickey/Bill a couple of beats to smash the high hats.

DEAL is rock & roll- you got your money's worth on this one but personally not fond of Donna doing her church lady notes on this one. I think Nashville '78 holds the record for "Don't cha let that Deal go down" though.

Love the ROW JIMMY. Seems like a long one...some noodling w/ Weir learning slide(and Jerry bailing him out) but I don't think there are any verse flubs and Donna is smooth and soothing alongside Jerry's vocals. Love the patina on Jerry's vocals on ROW from '78, etc. compared to the cleaner '73's, etc. myself.

LOSER is cut here. Too bad- I always thought of that one as a "tell" song to see if Jerry was inspired that night. Probably was a good one.

TRUCKIN'is the other inspired song here. We've all heard this song a zillion times so I'll tell ya it's worth it here. My personal fave has always been Binghampton '77 but Jerry is off and runnin' here around the 6:00 mark. Lookout! Jerry is a'howlin' and a'screamin'! They lay this one down instead of pound it out, but those 90+ seconds from the 8 min mark sound like a lifetime. Nice show.
Reviewer: dac-n-dead - favoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - November 5, 2005
Subject: No doors...perception
We got up to Rochester a little late, having been at Cleveland the night before. When we got
to that old hockey joint, the glass doors were
hanging by the hinges and there was no one there
to take our tickets.
I agree with Vince325, this show was smokin',
Jerry was flying on most every tune, and the
Truckin is very powerful.The show is a five, but the recording lacks.
Reviewer: Vince325 - favoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - May 6, 2005
Subject: All of My Friends...
What a great night in a good ol arena! The Boys always had something going in Rochester and this night was no exception. Without a doubt, one of the hottest Truckins ever played! The energy level stayed up in the rafters the whole night. From the Green Moons to the Karmin Ghia leaving everyone else in the dust, I'll never forget this night. The recording is ok, but WHERE ARE THE BOARDS????
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